Women’s Studies

Women’s Studies Concentration

Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary, academic course of study which lies at the intersection of the traditional academic disciplines such as literature, history, and philosophy in the humanities; psychology and sociology in the social sciences; and biology and geography in the natural sciences. Women’s Studies also has found a prominent place in areas such as education, communications, urban studies, and health sciences. Wherever gender issues are germane to a discipline, Women’s Studies can be found, in part as a corrective to the centuries-long tendency of the traditional disciplines to focus mainly or exclusively on men and in part to bring new models of understanding to all areas of study.

The undergraduate concentration in Women’s Studies brings together courses that focus on women and provides a critical analysis of gender and the related categories of class, race, and other dimensions of social power. Gaining knowledge about women and men and understanding knowledge generated by Women's Studies helps students to move through a complex contemporary world.

 

Requirements for a Concentration in Women’s Studies: 15 credits

The Women’s Studies concentration is interdisciplinary; it uses a broad variety of academic disciplines in achieving its goals. Students are required to take a total of five Women’s Studies courses from at least two disciplines. It is recommended that students take an introductory course such as WO/UR-103 or WO/PH-150. Students are also encouraged to engage in some sort of specialized experience such as an independent study, a directed readings course leading to a major paper, a creative project or an internship. Students in Women’s Studies may use courses to simultaneously count for a concentration in Women’s Studies and other Worcester State University requirements.

Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary program drawing from the faculty of all departments at Worcester State University. Each faculty member's information can be found at the respective department for each of the courses.

Women’s Studies Courses (Undergraduate)

See LASC section for information on the Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum (LASC).

WO/AR-222 Art of the Twentieth Century

Surrealism and other art movements in Europe and America from the end of the first Worls War to the present.

3 Credits

WO/AR-225 Art Since Mid-Century

LASC Categories: CA, TLC

Explores challenges to the traditional definitions of the art object and the expanded materials, media and concepts employed by artists since 1950.

3 Credits

WO/AR-350 Special Topics in Art

A course covering topics which vary in response to specific student and faculty interest.

3 Credits

WO/AR-400 Independent Study in Art

An opportunity for further individual study in a special interest. Self directed under super vision of faculty

Fall and Spring. 1-6 Credits

WO/BA-304 Women Entrepreneurs & Leaders

Students will focus on the research of women business leaders and the roles they have played in the global economy.

3 Credits

WO/BA-482 Selected Topics: Business Administration

Selection of topics of mutual interest to the student and faculty.

3 Credits

WO/BI-199 Selected Topics in Biological Sciences

Each topic is a lecture and/or laboratory course in a selected area of the biological sciences presented by a departmental instructor. Topics will be announced in advance.

Every year. 1-4 Credits

WO/CM-100 Intro to Mass Communications

LASC Categories: TLC, HBS

An integrated examination of the history, theory, structure, process, and effects of each of the mass media.

3 Credits

WO/CM-213 Gender and the Media

LASC Categories: HBS, TLC, DAC, WAC

Prerequisites: EN-102 and CM-100

This course will examine how difference is socially constructed along gender lines, and will explore intersections of gender, identity and power.

3 Credits

WO/CM-241 Understanding Movies

LASC Categories: CA, TLC

An introduction to the aesthetics and critical theories of film as an artistic medium of communication through critical observation of classic and contemporary movies.

Every year. 3 Credits

WO/CM-350 Intercultural Communicatons

Prerequisites: CM-100.

Introductory communication theory and practice across cultural groups defined by race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, nationality, politics and economics.

3 Credits

WO/CM-384 Media Criticism

Prerequisites: CM-100

Evaluation and analysis of film, television, theatre, and radio performances, development of intelligent, ethical standards of judgment.

Every year. 3 Credits

WO/CM-390 Alternative Communication

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of alternative communication and its relationship with culture and politics.

3 Credits

WO/CM-410 Special Topics

This course engages students in advanced examination of emerging communication topics and topics of faculty's area of expertise.

3 Credits

WO/ED-330 Elementary Social Studies and Multiculturalism

Goals, curriculum, skills, issues, teaching strategies in educating diverse populations in a global context. Prerequiste: Admitted into Stage 2

3 Credits

WO/ED-339 Childern's Literature: Multicultural Literature for Pk-9

LASC Categories: HBS, TLC, DAC

Facets of literature for children and criteria for the selection of each; techniques and preparation and use.

3 Credits

WO/ED-400 Integrated Early Childhood Education

Special education law and procedures, modification of programs for English language learners, working with parents, and developing and implementingan anti-bias curriculum. Pre-requisite: Admitted to Stage II.

3 Credits

WO/ED-450 Independent Study in Education

For the student who wishes to pursue independent study in education; faculty members from other disciplines may be called upon to counsel the student.

1-9 Credits

WO/EN-132 World Lit: Asian, African, Latin American

LASC Categories: GP, TLC, DAC

Representative poems, stories, plays, both ancient and modern, from Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

3 Credits

WO/EN-156 Mythology

LASC Categories: TLC

Myths and legends of ancient Greece and Rome which form a part of the classical tradition in English literature.

3 Credits

WO/EN-167 Literature and Human Rights

LASC Categories: GP, DAC

An analysisof international creative writing dealing with the subject of human rights. Resource persons from different fields will be utilized.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

WO/EN-170 Search for Identity

Understanding the nature and power of fiction, the relation between problems of individual identity, and the operation of the imagination.

3 Credits

WO/EN-172 Women and Literature

Explores basic issues and problems in literature by and about women.

3 Credits

WO/EN-174 Women Poets

A close reading and analysis of poetry written by women from a historical as well as a contemporary feminist perspective

3 Credits

WO/EN-190 Special Readings in Literature

An introductory literature course responsive to current interests or controversies.

3 Credits

WO/EN-240 Postcolonial & Transcult Literature

LASC Categories: GP

Prerequisites: EN-102 OR EN-250

Introduction to literatures in English from formerly colonized countries in Aftrica, Asia, and the Caribbean, and from the postcolonial diaspora.

3 Credits

WO/EN-304 Witchcraft in Medieval & Renaissance Literature

LASC Categories: TLC

Prerequisites: EN-102 or EN-250

This course explores how Medieval and Renaissance literature on witchcraft addressed contemporary concerns.

3 Credits

WO/EN-312 English Novel 18th Century

Prerequisites: EN-102

Purpose, range, and developments in the novel of the eighteenth century: Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Smollett, Sterne, and others.

3 Credits

WO/EN-314 The English Novel of the Nineteenth Century

Prerequisites: EN-102

Representative nineteenth century novelists: Austen, Bronte, Dickens, Thackeray, Eliot, Hardy, Conrad, and others.

3 Credits

WO/EN-320 Victorian Literature

Prerequisites: EN-102

Study of selected prose and poetry of the major writers of the Victorian period.

3 Credits

WO/EN-336 Contemporary Poetry

Prerequisites: EN-102

Concentrates on poets whose major work was written after World War II; special attention to authors presently writing and publishing.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

WO/EN-344 American Novel II

Prerequisites: EN-102

The American novelists from 1890 to World War II: Crane, Wolfe, Dreiser, Anderson, Hemingway, Steinbeck, and others.

3 Credits

WO/EN-345 Women in American Literature

Prerequisites: EN-102.

The American woman as she is portrayed in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

3 Credits

WO/EN-348 Postcolonial Women's Writing

LASC Categories: GP

Prerequisites: EN-102

Writing by women from colonized and formerly colonized countries on local and global issues shaping women's lives and creative expression.

3 Credits

WO/EN-360 Shakespeare I

Prerequisites: EN-102

Major plays. Required of all English majors.

3 Credits

WO/EN-450 Special Topics in English

Specific content will vary in response to particular student and faculty interests.

3 Credits

WO/FR-191 Special Topics in French

An introductory level course in French on current or specialized topics.

3 Credits

WO/FR-193 Special Topics in French for First Year Students

An introductory level course covering topics of special interest to first year students.

3 Credits

WO/FR-341 Introduction to French Literature

LASC Categories: TLC, DAC, GP

Prerequisites: two FR-200 level courses or higher.

Major periods and genres of French literature. Conducted in French.

3 Credits

WO/GE-250 Urban Geography

World urbanization, location, and central place concepts, economy of cities, land use patterns, urban, physical, and societal environmental problems.

3 Credits

WO/GE-285 Economic Geography

Prerequisites: GE-102

Location and distribution of economic activity. Globalization, development, agriculture, transportation and communication networks. Spatial organization and function of business activity.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

WO/HC-234 Multiculturalism and Health

Examination of diverse ethnic/racial and cultural beliefs and practices affecting health and illness.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

WO/HC-403 Department Worshop in Community Health

The subject matter of this course will be reflective of the changing issues within the field of community health.

3 Credits

WO/HE-210 Women's Health Issues

Interactive processes of politics, power and media's influences on research, public health policy and current health issues.

3 Credits

WO/HE-220 Mental Health Education

LASC Categories: HBS, ICW

Prerequisites: HE-100 and HE-200

Examination of mental health as a variable: its creation and the obstacles to sound mental health and positive self-concept.

3 Credits

WO/HE-230 Human Sexuality and Sex Ed

Focus on the need for and understanding of sex education, along with the process of implementing sexuality education, with emphasis upon teacher preparation.

3 Credits

WO/HE-400 Special Topics

Cuurent issues in Health.

3 Credits

WO/HI-111 US History I

LASC Categories: USW, CON

From colonization through the Civil War era. A study of politics, society, economy, diplomacy, and culture in that period.

3 Credits

WO/HI-112 US History II

LASC Categories: USW, CON

From the Civil War to 1945. A study of politics, society, economy, diplomacy, and culture in that period.

3 Credits

WO/HI-113 US History III

LASC Categories: USW

1945 to the present.

3 Credits

WO/HI-193 Special Topics in History for First Year Students

3 Credits

WO/HI-205 American Indian Past & Present

This survey covers the broad sweep of native American history and focuses on the encounter between American and European civilizations and how Native culture has adapted through the centuries.

3 Credits

WO/HI-214 Modern Latin America

The people of Latin America from independence to the present, focusing on race, sex and power.

3 Credits

WO/HI-215 American Intellectual History

Prerequisites: HI-111 HI-112

Puritanism, the Enlightenment, romanticism, Darwinism, pragmatism, fundamentalism, the liberal-progressive ethic, the new left, and neo-conservatism.

3 Credits

WO/HI-216 Economic History of the U. S.

An introduction to United States economic development; particular attention will be paid to industrialization and the labor force.

3 Credits

WO/HI-217 US Social History

LASC Categories: TLC, USW, DAC, WAC

Prerequisites: EN-102 or EN-250

Survey of social and cultural history. Topics such as family, religion, education, popular literature, architecture, transportation and reform.

3 Credits

WO/HI-226 Latin America Through Film

This course will explore how filmmakers have portrayed Latin American History in their movies.

3 Credits

WO/HI-230 Nicaragua, the US and the World

LASC Categories: USW, DAC

The course will examine the impact of globalization and imperialism on the lives of Nicaraguans at home and in the diasporic communities.

3 Credits

WO/HI-247 Central America and the Caribbean

This survey examines the political, cultural and social history of Central America and the Caribbean from pre-Columbian times to the present with an emphasis on the 20th century.

3 Credits

WO/HI-249 U S Labor History I

The relationship between workers, their employers, and the surrounding community between 1815 and World War II

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

WO/HI-250 Special Topics in History

Special topics at the introductory or intermediate level; especially appropriate for first and second year students.

3 Credits

WO/HI-271 Women & Work in Historical Perspective

This course undertakes to examine women's work conditions and the opposition to its continuation in Europe and America, sixteenth to nineteenth centuries.

3 Credits

WO/HI-274 Sex, Marriage and the Family

LASC Categories: TLC, DAC

Prerequisites: HI-103 HI-104 HI-111 or HI-112

This course will undertake a study of courtship, marriage and family life-cycle patterns in England and America during the 19th century

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

WO/HI-320 Citizen Nation

LASC Categories: CON, TLC, USW, DAC, WAC

Prerequisites: HI-111 or HI-112

Explores the history and meaning of citizenship in the United States, including discrimination, rights struggles and changing citizenship criteria.

3 Credits

WO/HI-333 Women in Latin America

Prerequisites: HI-233.

Examines the roles of women in diverse societies including Mexico, Brazil and Caribbean nations. Emphasis on the modern period.

3 Credits

WO/HI-350 Native American Women

Prerequisites: HI-205.

Examines Indian women from the time of European contact to the modern era. Emphasizes culture, community and arenas of power.

3 Credits

WO/HI-353 The Age of Reform

Prerequisites: HI-111 and HI-112.

An analysis of the transformation of America, including reform response to the Gilded Age's industrialization, urbanization and immigration patterns.

3 Credits

WO/HI-372 Evolution of Women's Rights

This course analyzes the evolution of Women's Rights with emphasis on its role in the twentieth century's Inter- national Law of Human Rights.

3 Credits

WO/HI-450 Special Topics in History

Advanced special topics in history; course may be taught as an upper level seminar.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

WO/MU-231 Women in Music

LASC Categories: TLC, CA

A survey of the role of women in music, particularly the great composers from Medieval to Contemporary times.

3 Credits

WO/NU-310 Nursing Science I

Prerequisites: NU-210, NU-216, HE-120, MA-150, and BI-206.

Students will apply the nursing process when caring for the childbearing family and adult medical-surgical patients. Concepts of wellness, disease and health behaviors will be examined as the nursing process is operationalized in the care of adult medical-surgical patients and the child-bearing family. Lecture and off-campus clinical experiences in maternal-child health nursing and medical-surgical nursing are included in this course.

4.5 Credits

WO/NU-340 Nursing Science II

LASC Categories: DAC

Prerequisites: NU-310 NU-430
Prerequisites or Corequisite: NU-315

Concepts of wellness, disease, and health behaviors are examined as the nursing process is operationalized in the care of pediatric patients and acutely ill medical-surgical patients. Lecture and an off-campus clinical experience are included in this course.

4.5 Credits

WO/NU-343 Childbearing Family Bridge II

This course provides the LPN with an introduction to the role of the bachelor's prepared registered nurse in the care of the child-bearing family, family health promotion, high risk maternal-newborn care and clinical decision making. This course places emphasis on the multisystem pediatric and family-centered issues, complex nursing assessment with community and hospital based patients and families.

5 Credits

WO/OT-400 Special Topics in Occupational Therapy

Selected areas of interest to students and instructor. Topic, prerequisites and instructor are announced in advance.

1-6 Credits

WO/PH-150 Women in Western Ideas

LASC Categories: HBS, TLC, DAC

Investigates the concept of woman from ancient Greece to the present.

3 Credits

WO/PH-240 Political Theory

LASC Categories: USW, TLC

Investigates concepts including political power, equality, revolution, liberties, slavery, socialism and liberalism, patriarchal power, race and gender.

3 Credits

WO/PH-241 Genocide and Human Rights

LASC Categories: GP, USW

This course treats the ethical, political, and other dimensions of systematic mass violence through case studies and general theoretical analyses.

3 Credits

WO/PH-250 Global Feminisms

LASC Categories: TLC, GP

Investigates the theoretical underpinnings of women's movements for equal rights around the globe.

3 Credits

WO/PO-320 Citizen Nation

LASC Categories: CON, TLC, USW, DAC, WAC

Prerequisites: HI-111 or HI-112

Explores the history and meaning of citizenship in the United States, including discrimination, rights struggles and changing citizenship criteria.

3 Credits

WO/PS-191 Topics in Psychology

This course in an exploration of current and specialized topics in PSychology. It will not be counted toward the major.

3 Credits

WO/PS-215 Psychology of Adolescence

Prerequisites: PS-110

The mental, emotional, social and physical changes of contemporary adolescence are examind with emphasis on family, peer and school influences.

3 Credits

WO/PS-220 Psychology of Aging

Prerequisites: PS-110 or PS-101.

Adulthood and old age are studied with special emphasis on current developmental theories.

Every year. 3 Credits

WO/PS-255 Psych Foundations of Diversity

Prerequisites: PS-101

Explores the gender, racial/ethnic, multiple-group membership, cultural, social class, religious, disability and sexual orientation facets of diversity.

3 Credits

WO/PS-260 Psychology of Human Sexuality

Prerequisites: PS-101.

Sexuality as a foundation of personality. The wide range of human sexuality is explored; sexual development, roles, attitudes and behaviors.

3 Credits

WO/PS-263 Psychology of Women

Prerequisites: PS-101.

Women's psychological development throughout the lifespan will be examined, including female development, achievement, stereotyping, stress, violence and psychological disorders.

3 Credits

WO/PS-295 Special Topics: Psychology

Prerequisites: PS-110/PS-111 or PS-101.

Selected areas of mutual interest to instructor and students. Topics and prerequisites are announced in advance.

3 Credits

WO/PS-312 Psychology of Adolescence

LASC Categories: HBS

Prerequisites: PS-101 and PS-210.

The mental,emotional, social and physical changes of contmeporary adolescence are examined with emphasis on family, peer and school influences.

3 Credits

WO/PS-315 Physical and Sexual Abuse

Prerequisites: PS-101.

Etiology, characteristics, consequence, treatment and prevention of various forms of physical, sexual and emotional abuse in children, adolescents and adults.

3 Credits

WO/PS-335 Abnormal Psychology

Prerequisites: PS-101.

Etiology, dynamics and treatment of psychopathology and their relation to normal personality are considered from traditional and contemporary perspectives.

3 Credits

WO/PS-400 Internship in Psychology

Provides opportunity to advanced students to increase experience through internship with sponsoring commuity organization, institution, or business under appropriate supervision.

1-3 Credits

WO/PS-410 Sem: Developmental Psychology

Prerequisites: PS-101 and either PS-210 or PS-312

Patterns of physical, mental and emotional development are explored with emphasis on independent work.

Every year. 3 Credits

WO/PS-492 Capstone Seminar in Mental Health

LASC Categories: CAP

Prerequisites: PS-330 PS-335 PS-340 PS-435 and one course from PS-400, PS-318, or PS-315

A capstone course dealing with recent and emerging topics, issues, and methods in mental health. Content and format varies with instructor.

3 Credits

WO/SO-100 Introduction to Sociology

The nature of group behavior and social interaction viewed through analysis of the structure, norms, and values of human groups.

3 Credits

WO/SO-130 Race, Ethnicity and Gender

An introduction to dominant-minority group relations through the investigation of the patterns and dynamics of differentiation, inequality and discrimination

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

WO/SO-199 Special Topics

Introductory level topics. Topic announced at pre-registration.

3 Credits

WO/SO-215 Medical Sociology

Prerequisites: SO-100 SO-110 SO-130 SO-190 or SO-199

The structure of health care delivery systems and role interaction between levels of health care personnel, patients, and families of patients.

Every year. 3 Credits

WO/SO-220 Sociology of the Family

Prerequisites: SO-100 or SO-110

A comparative approach to the study of the structure of family systems with emphasis on changing patterns of family life.

3 Credits

WO/SO-240 Sociology of Education

Prerequisites: SO-100.

Study of modern educational systems, emphasizing the social, political and economic factors that influence its organization and its functions.

3 Credits

WO/SO-285 Race, Class and Gender

LASC Categories: DAC, HBS

An introduction to dominant-minority group relations through the investigation of the patterns and dynamics of differentiation, inequality and discrimination.

3 Credits

WO/SO-299 Special Topics

Intermediate level topics.

3 Credits

WO/SO-300 Social Change

Prerequisites: two sociology courses at the 200+ level.

A study of the conditions, patterns, and consequences of social transformation with emphasis on institutional and individual patterns of adjustment and adaptation.

3 Credits

WO/SO-330 Criminology

Prerequisites: 2 Sociology courses at the 200-level.

Theoretical perspective on crime, criminals and the social aspects of interrelationships within, and between the components of the criminal justice system.

3 Credits

WO/SO-350 Social Stratification

Prerequisites: EN-102 and two courses at 200 level

Investigation of the recurrent patterns of social differentiation, social ranking, and the unequal distribution of rewards.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

WO/SO-355 Gender and Sexuality

LASC Categories: HBS, ICW, DAC

This course introduces the sociologist study of gender and sexuality. This course examines how social institutions and cultural norms construct particular gender roles and sexual identities within society.

3 Credits

WO/SO-375 Contemporary Social Theory

Prerequisites: SO-270

Review of sociological theories, analytical tools, and conceptual schemes prevalent in contemporary debate and consensus.

3 Credits

WO/SO-420 Sem: Sociology

Advanced study topics in selected areas of Sociology.

1-3 Credits

WO/SP-191 Special Topics in Spanish

An introductory leve course in Spanish on current or specialized topics.

3 Credits

WO/SP-401 Advanced Study:Special Topics

Special topics in language, literature, civilization or field work of mutual interest to student and instructor. For advanced students.

1-6 Credits

WO/TH-321 Rehearsal and Performance

Prerequisites: Admission by audition

Public performance of full-length stage productions under faculty direction. Students assume performance and/or production "roles" as described in departmental manual.

Every year. 3 Credits

WO/TH-399 Special Topics in Theatre

Will include study of topics on an as needed basis.

3 Credits

WO/UR-101 Introduction to Urban Studies

LASC Categories: HBS, USW

broad contextual overview of urban life that examines the relationship of people to their environment from an interdisciplinary perspective.

3 Credits

WO/UR-103 Introduction to Women's Studies

LASC Categories: DAC, ICW, HBS

This course uses a variety of academic disciplines to study the situation of women around the world.

3 Credits

WO/UR-191 Special Topics in Urban Studies

This introductory level course will cover topics in Urban Studies which are of special interest to first-year students.

3 Credits

WO/UR-202 Aging in Metropolitan Society

An introduction to gerontology stressing the social, economic and political aspects of aging in the urban enviroment.

3 Credits

WO/UR-212 American Metropolitan Evolution

LASC Categories: USW, WAC

Prerequisites: UR-101

Development of metropolitan America from a multi-disciplinary approach with emphasis upon dynamics of urban growth, internal development of cities, immigrations, socio-economic stratification, metropolitanization, and problems deriving from growth.

3 Credits

WO/UR-213 Human Identity and the Urban Environment

Prerequisites: UR-101

Study of factors affecting identity in contemporary urban settings including race, ethnicity, class, age, and sex categories and roles.

3 Credits

WO/UR-216 Women and Aging in the Urban Environment

Investigation of the Aging process for women in urban society, focusing on their great longevity, lower income status, and major care giving role.

3 Credits

WO/UR-290 Gender and the City

LASC Categories: WAC, GP, HBS

Exploration of the ways in which gender, both male and female, structures responses of individuals to urban life and spaces.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

WO/UR-301 Cities and Suburbs

Prerequisites: UR-101

Multi-disciplinary study of city and suburban growth patterns and problems both of the past, and that hamper metropolitan cooperation and affect the quality of life for city and suburban residents and businesses.

3 Credits

WO/UR-353 Aging in a Global Society

LASC Categories: GP, DAC

Explores the ramifications of unrelenting Global Aging, focusing on the questions, what are old people for and the connections across generations.

3 Credits

WO/UR-360 Environmental Systems and Public Policy

Prerequisites: UR-101.

Examination of urban ecosystems, focusing on land uses designed to effectively utilize water, open space, and other natural resources.

3 Credits

WO/UR-380 Public Policy& Cult Diversity

LASC Categories: HBS, USW

Prerequisites: UR-101.

This course will examine contemporary policy issues and problems deriving from cultural diversity. These will include areas such as immigration, population, demographics,affirmative action, public assistance, integration, separatism, political correct- ness, gender equality, and the role of organized religion in contempoary politics.

3 Credits

WO/UR-421 Special Topics:Urban Studies

Prerequisites: UR-101

In-depth examination of topical issues challenging the intellectual and creative interests of advanced students in urban studies.

3 Credits

WO/UR-422 Sel Topics: Gerontology

In-depth examination of topical issues in gerontology which afford the advanced student the opportunity to pursue gerontological research.

3 Credits